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127 million user records from 8 companies put up for sale on the dark web

An individual who earlier this week was selling 620 million user records stolen from 16 companies has now put up a second batch of hacked data totaling 127 million, originating from eight companies, the portal ZDNet reports.

The data is currently being sold on Dream Market, a dark web marketplace where crooks sell an assortment of illegal products, such as user data, drugs, weapons, malware, and others.

The individual selling the data goes by the name of Gnosticplayers, and it's currently unclear if they're the one/ones who hacked the 24 companies, or just a third-party who purchased the data from the real hacker and is now re-selling it for a bigger profit.

According to tech news site TechCrunch, who first reported this new batch of hacked accounts going for sale on Dream Market, Gnosticplayers is asking for roughly four bitcoin, which is about $14,500 in fiat currency. Prices vary depending on the quality of the user data and the difficulty in cracking password hashes.

One of the companies, Houzz had already come clean about its data breach last week. The other seven companies did not publicly reveal any security breaches before the publication of today's ads.

This new batch of stolen databases comes after earlier this week, the same Dream Market user was selling user databases from 16 other companies.

Animoto, MyFitnessPal and MyHeritage previously disclosed breaches last year. DataCamp, 500px, Dubsmash, EyeEm, Artsy, 8fit, and CoffeeMeetsBagel confirmed this week that they've been breached as well, giving credence to the seller's boast that this is real data and not just a scam.

These 16 databases are no longer available for sale now. Gnosticplayers said he took them down after buyers complained that a prolonged sale would eventually lead to some of these databases leaking online, and becoming available to everyone.